I had a brainstorm this year, thanks to another blog. What if I were to clean up and sharpen all the tools so they were like new again. I still wont have to buy tools, but they will be in perfect working order and will last me many more years to come. So I decided that they first step was to learn how to sharpen everything. I had a huge stump in the yard that needed some axing, so we started with that.
Next get out your two sided sharpening stone. Go over the blade with first the rough side to take out the smaller nicks, and then the fine side to give it a nice smooth finish.
If you keep up on the sharpening stone, doing it briefly every time you use the axe, the axe should stay nice and sharp. You shouldn't have to use the file hardly ever. Only if you hit a big rock or something else that would damage the blade beyond normal use. This new sharp axe is going to be a million times better than that old dull axe.
For a much more precise version of tool sharpening, try this website.